Wicklow LEO created 350 jobs in five years
SINCE Local Enterprise Office Wicklow was established in 2014, over 4,000 clients have been trained and €2,616,714 in grants have been approved.
Local Enterprise Office figures from first five years across the country have been released half a decade since their inception.
The figures were announced by Heather Humphreys T.D., Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation and Pat Breen T.D., Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection at an event in Russborough House.
Over the past five years 350 jobs have been created by Local Enterprise Office Wicklow supported clients and 152 projects have been approved for funding.
Vibeke Delahunt, Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Wicklow, said; ‘The figures really do speak for themselves when you look across the five years of the Local Enterprise Offices. The Local Enterprise Office Wicklow has played a key role in fostering entrepreneurship in the area and is very much at the fulcrum of the local business community. That positioning has come through trust, expertise and the ability to help businesses over the toughest of hurdles because we have the resources to do so. Looking to the future, we are at the forefront of micro-enterprise and we have an opportunity to help shape policy and supports that we believe will only increase these impressive figures in the next five years and give our entrepreneurs and small businesses an even greater advantage in the market.’
Amongst the clients that have started and grown with Local Enterprise Office Wicklow are Stephen and David Flynn, owners of The Happy Pear in Greystones. Now a household name in Ireland when it comes to fresh, organic, locally sourced food. The Local Enterprise Office Wicklow with its range of business skills training courses and business advice were always there to help them, when they were at the start of their business journey.
Another example are Tadgh and Louise Henderson, creators of Profitsflow. With the help of the Local Enterprise Office Wicklow this company has come through the some of the toughest times that Ireland has seen in recent history. Through training courses (SYOB, MDP), seminars, priming grant, employment grants and business expansion grants, they have grown steadily, which earned them the nomination to represent Wicklow at the 2019 National Enterprise Awards.
James Keogh of Rathwood near the border with Carlow is a national entertainment destination with people travelling from all over the country for the Christmas ‘Santa Train’, the ‘Easter Train’, ‘Teddy Bears Picnic’, and many more events. With all of these events Rathwood provides many local people employment and brings more than 250,000 visitors to the area every year. The Local Enterprise Office Wicklow supported James on his business journey through supports which resulted in him winning Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur in 2015.
Pat Breen , Minister of Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Heather Humphreys, Minister of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frank Curran, Chief Executive Wicklow County Council, Vibeke Delahunt, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Wicklow, Mark Crystal, Manager, Regions and Entrepreneurship, Enterprise Ireland.